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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Yahoo Fights against Government Spying

Yahoo Fights against Government Spying

Yahoo Fights against Government Spying

Added: Tuesday, April 8th, 2014
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
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The tech giant has recently announced important steps to encrypt its users’ information following Snowden’s revelations about the government surveillance. The company’s Chief Information Security Officer, who was just appointed to the position, claimed that he was going to make sure all Yahoo traffic will be encrypted by default.


Yahoo has introduced HTTPS on almost every aspect of its online presence in a bid to lock the American government spooks out of its networks. Late in 2013, it turned out that the National Security Agency was tapping into the cables of the Yahoo and Google and email providers, even those residing outside the United States.

The company’s announcement is expected to demonstrate how far it has gone to keep the spies out. Yahoo explained that it has mostly dealt with the problem by rolling out HTTPS for its services. By the end of March 2014, data traveling between Yahoo data centers have been fully encrypted.

Since then, all searches performed within Yahoo and its properties use HTTPS for encryption. Even emails sent between Yahoo Mail and other providers can make use of HTTPS if the other part supports the SMTPTLS protocol. In addition, Yahoo promised to roll out a fully encrypted version of its Messenger software in the nearest future.

The company issued an official statement saying that the users are encouraged to ensure that they are using the encrypted channels, or manually switch to them by typing “https” instead of the usual “http” in their browsers when access Yahoo services.

Posted by:  SuperAdmin
Date:  Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Comments (9) (please add your comment »)

posted by Trusted UploaderSite FriendET loverSupermanKitty (2014-04-08 14:02:04)
SirSeedsAlot avatarWhat an insult. These big companies are giving the info to the Feds and getting paid to do so.

posted by Trusted UploaderSite FriendET loverTurtle (2014-04-08 18:15:40)
Carjacker avatarCarjacker avatar All this is, is a smokescreen. What good is HTTPS for Yahoo services when they just hand the keys over to the NSA/CIA/FBI anyway ? They cant do to much even if they really wanted to, they are under the US Gov jurisdiction, they have headquarters here, their top people live here - how easy is it to have some spooks bully them or threaten them with jail? Those pasty white suits would surrender as if they were French.
These companies built backrooms for the NSA hardware to tap directly into the servers - and we are now to believe all this show for privacy ?
I never used Yahoo, nor will I ever, as with any of these social network companies, your data- your life,basically - is for sale and being made a profit off of by these people - and you dont see a penny of it. These people put up a TOS or EULA and then get to thinking that they actually OWN you.
Take back your lives,people, get smart about being online.

EDIT: On a side note, seeing that pic of the new CEO - I'd totally do her like a horny goat.

posted by Blocked (2014-04-08 18:34:29)
No avatarDidn't Snowdon already reveal that the NSA had cracked HTTPS?

posted by Trusted UploaderSite FriendET loverSupermanKitty (2014-04-08 20:56:11)
SirSeedsAlot avatarPut it this way, Tdatb, if you invented an unbreakable encryption you would hand over the keys or be thrown in jail.

posted by (2014-04-08 22:19:10)
No avatarI have to agree with what everyone is saying here. This is a big joke. In fact, the only thing that this will really affect are website owners. This will have exactly zero impact on the government's ability to snoop yahoo's data. Yahoo doesn't give a shit if the government looks at every aspect of their user's lives. They get paid for it, after all. The only thing Yahoo cares about is the PERCEPTION that it cares about it's users.

posted by (2014-04-09 01:45:01)
darkluna avatarIt only points to one thing slow loading of the web page. Yahoo Is just washing its hands on all possible future Gov snooping on its network. Saying they did what they could do to stop it.

posted by (2014-04-09 05:24:00)
No avatar"Even emails sent between Yahoo Mail and other providers can make use of HTTPS if the other part supports the SMTPTLS protocol."

I HIGHLY doubt that an email server would talk to another email server using HTTPS. Jesus Christ that is stupid. Yes, there would be an encrypted tunnel between trusted email servers, but not "https", GTFO. Try looking up the first two letters of HTTPS.

If you are not technical enough to know what the hell you are talking about, just don't.

posted by (2014-04-09 05:36:16)
No avatarwenex,

Educate yourself. Yahoo was singled out as fighting harder than the others to not roll over. There are documented court cases showing them pushing back as much as they could. This is way before it was publicly known, so your argument about perception is salacious and unfounded.

What none of these providers knew about, was that the NSA had tapped into their internal networks (ie, yahoo server talking to another yahoo server), which of course, pissed all of them off and why Google and Yahoo are talking about how their internal servers are now all encrypted for internal communications where it wasn't necessarily done before (as most people/companies assume their internal network is safe and relax on security for faster performance and easier management).

Some people need to remove the tinfoil hat and apply common sense and/or read. I shake my head at how insane some of these comments are. Some can't even make sense of their own argument, whether NSA is snooping or whether the provider's are willingly handing it over after legally being forced to. If they can't see those as two different things, they just won't get it.

posted by Kitty (2014-04-09 12:00:53)
redbull99 avatarjust a cat and mouse game all the time.

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